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clancycats
02-04-2010, 01:22 PM
I am trying to make some elbow and knee pads for my current cosplay, Raiden. (Metal Gear Solid 2)
But, I am unsure hoe I can make one. I have made a base from shaped padding, but I would like to make the outer structure, the part everyone will see, very rigid, and as for the knees, perhaps sturdy enough to kneel on (lightly). I would also like to know where I could find some stretchy fabric for the bands that will attach to the elbow/knee pads. (Note: I can only buy from local stores, so ordering online is sort-of out of the question.)

Kiarrens
02-04-2010, 01:32 PM
Hmm. If you can only buy from local stores that cuts down on our options. I normally would have recommended wonderflex for the outer structure....

Have you considered buying pre-made elbow and knee pads in a sporting supply store and modifying them?

Also, for the bands you can use elastic.

clancycats
02-04-2010, 01:39 PM
I was thinking on using some as a base, but there is still the issue of making the outer structure.

Kiarrens
02-04-2010, 01:43 PM
Can you provide a reference picture? I google image searched, but most of the images I'm seeing seem to be his full-body armor - is that (http://www.freewebs.com/metalgear_fox/snake%20raiden.JPG) what you're working on?

clancycats
02-04-2010, 01:48 PM
sort of. http://static.stuff.co.nz/1254658692/458/2930458.jpg has a better view. His Elbow pads are smaller versions of his knee pads, which can be seen clearly on here.

Kiarrens
02-04-2010, 01:54 PM
OK. So something like this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Black-Hawk-Hellstorm-Tactical-Knee-Elbow-Pad-ACU_W0QQitemZ290398799751QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item439d1e0787) wouldn't work? They sell hard knee and elbow pads like these in just about every sporting goods store I've ever been to.

clancycats
02-04-2010, 02:01 PM
Well, considering that I have no credit car to buy it, and that it only has 17 min. to go, I dont think that would work. Ive been researching nearby stores to see if they might have some I could modify. I do have a ton of stores to go to, sense I live in a big city.

Kiarrens
02-04-2010, 02:13 PM
Well, considering that I have no credit car to buy it, and that it only has 17 min. to go

They sell hard knee and elbow pads like these in just about every sporting goods store I've ever been to.

:)

Otherwise...
Epoxy Resin, (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xr5/R-100014550/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053) which you can get at Home Depot, might work...

You could also try the Vinyl over foam ("http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=83378) method. It will be soft & squishy, though, not hard (at least, I would assume so from reading through that tutorial). You can buy vinyl at pretty much any fabric store like Jo-Ann's.

Then there's always fiberglass.... but that's a pain in the @$$ if you've never worked with it before.

clancycats
02-04-2010, 02:15 PM
I guess I could use the Vinyl over foam method. I'll keep trying. Think Super Sculpey would be good to use for the rigidness?

Kiarrens
02-04-2010, 02:21 PM
Absolutely, but you'd want to be very very careful about kneeling down on it. It might break.

Zil
02-15-2010, 08:39 PM
Fiberglass isn't tooooooo bad. I'm working with it for the first time, for an elbow pad too, coincidentally. It's a little frustrating, but from what I can tell with some patience and a good area to work in (aka somewhere you don't mind getting covered in resin) it makes a pretty solid prop. Also, from what I've researched, the only big health problem is sanding it; the dust isn't something to mess around with. Cheap too.